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Autocycle - Malvern Star 'Auto-byke', circa 1948 Object Reg. No: ST 035717

This unrestored example of a Malvern Star Auto-byke was purchased by the Museum in 1985.

The Malvern Star brand was established in 1898 and was acquired by Bruce Small in 1920. Prior to this date a small number of motorcycles were produced by the company using imported British-built JAP engines. The company expanded to become Australia's leading manufacturer and assembler of bicycles by the outbreak of World War II in 1939. The Malvern Star Auto-byke was first introduced after World War II as an economical, lightweight motorised bicycle at a time when few cars were available and petrol was still rationed. Malvern Star assembled the machine in Australia using locally-made frames and a variety of imported components including a British-built 98cc single-cylinder Villers Mk. 1 Junior two-stroke engine with a two-speed gearbox. Small had obtained an exclusive Australian licence for these engines in 1945. Similar machines were made in Britain and sold in Australia under the Excelsior brand from 1937 with the same 98cc Villiers engine. Advertising for the Auto-byke promised "fun and adventure in the great outdoors."

The Museum's Malvern Star Auto-byke was built in about 1948 and cost 24 Pounds when new. Previous owners include Mr Ted Manders of Pascoe Vale and a Mr Clarke in Altona. The Museum also holds an earlier Malvern Star autocycle which incorporates a 49cc French-built Mobylette engine. In the post-1945 years Malvern Star also sold a diminutive 32cc Berini cycle-motor priced at around 8 Pounds. This unit could be fitted over the front forks of any bicycle and was claimed to achieve a fuel economy figure of 240 miles per gallon. Malvern Star also acted as agents for imported Vespa, Jawa and CZ motorcycles and motor scooters which combined with the end of petrol rationing soon made the autocycle obsolete.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1150 mm (Height), 580 mm (Width), 1900 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: motor cycles, bmx, victoria 49 c c 1965
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Motor Cycle Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Cycles
Tertiary Classification: motor cycles
Past Owner: Mr & Mrs Clarke, Altona North, Victoria, Australia

Mr & Mrs Clarke were the owners previous to auction. Ted Manders was also a previous owner.
Past Owner: Mr Ted Manders, Pascoe Vale, Victoria, Australia

Mr & Mrs Clarke were the owners previous to auction. Ted Manders was also a previous owner.


ALLAN BECK Posted on 21 Jan 2010 10:39 AM
Frank Shine Posted on 24 Jan 2010 2:40 PM
I have three Autocycles at present 2 Malvern Star & an Aberdale all have Villiers 98cc motors and are complete, I also have some spare parts & lots of know how & contacts re these bikes. I am in Melbourne and can be contacted.
ALLAN BECK Posted on 27 Jan 2010 10:27 AM
Jeff Wallis Posted on 19 Apr 2010 3:25 PM
I also have one of these bikes. Thanks to Frank Shine the wheels are being re-built, and once they have been fitted, it will only be a couple of weeks until the restored bike hots the road for the first time in 35 years. I bought my bike in Adelaide for $50.00 about 40 years ago and rode it everyday for about 4 years. I would appreciate any info about where I could find another of these bikes, that I could purchase.
lance smith Posted on 19 Jul 2010 1:06 PM
My father has one of these motorcycles and it is the same as the one on the photo above. I presume it is a 1950 model as well but i am not familiar with this sort of machine.It is in original condition but there are a few things that need to be done to have it back to being 100% original. The bike does go but the clutch slips and it needs a few bits to tidy it up.If anyone could help i would be grateful as the parts for these i find hard to get.
Peter Turner Posted on 15 Sep 2010 2:04 PM
I also have a one of these units, it has the 98cc Villiers MK. 1.F 2 speed gearboxes. It was last reg. in 1961. I have the service manual and also book "A pratical guide covering all models THE VILLIERS ENGINE" third edition October 1953.
The auto byte is in original condition, so any tips on resturation would be appreciated.
Tim Coppinger Posted on 22 Oct 2010 5:55 PM
Allen Beck i have a tank, if your interested please reply, and i will give you my email adress.
robert starbuck Posted on 02 Nov 2010 9:18 PM
Gday. I have a tank,seat base and box of bits all in good condition. May be able to source rusty frame/front end.Thanks Robert
John Gardner Posted on 06 Nov 2010 4:10 PM
I have my Father's MAlvern Star autocycle that he use to ride to work for many years. It ended up out in the shed and started to get a fair bit of rust forming. It's black with a fawn colour tank and red pin striping and Malvern Star writing & logo. Would these colours have been original & would the rims & spokes have been painted black? I'm getting ready to have it restored & would like to get it as original as possible. Most, if not all bits are there, but will look out if anyone can help with other bits & pieces, thanks, John
Paul Posted on 20 Dec 2010 7:35 PM
I have a very original Malvern Star Autocycle (I am told it could be a 1947 but not sure) with a Junior Deluxe engine. I am looking for a rear mudguard, flywheel cover, expansion chamber, chain and tyres as well as some other minor parts. Any help at all would be appreciated.
Adam Taurian Posted on 01 Feb 2011 12:01 AM
Hi, I am in Melbourne, and wish to purchase one of these bikes, if anyone has a complete bike, or a frame, or knows of one for sale.. please contact me!!

Many thanks
Jeff Holly Posted on 07 Feb 2011 7:19 PM
I have the Handbook if anyone wants copies for postage.
Toni Slater Posted on 29 Mar 2011 6:22 PM
I also have one of these bikes last rego 1955 i would like a hand book if you could email me how to get a copy from you that would be great i am also considering selling the bike but am unsure thankyou
Mick Greiner Posted on 28 Apr 2011 8:07 PM
I also have a Malvern Star Autocycle believed to be around 1943 era (very early one) which am restoring it is complete, but I would like to respoke the wheels does anyone know if I can get my hands on replacements, or who would be able to help me with this. Any help I would be very greatful.
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 May 2011 1:00 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Toni, please contact us through our Ask the Experts, Collection Access page with your request.
Margaret Norton Posted on 17 May 2011 9:52 AM
I have one of these bikes I wish to Sell. Does anyone know what price they are selling for at the moment. The one I have has been partly restored and repainted and is complete as far as I know. Any information would be appreciated
Hugh Jones Posted on 15 Oct 2011 5:52 PM
I am restoring a 1947(?) model Malvern Star with the 2 speed gearbox and would be happy to receive any help with aquiring a seat and a back stand . Is Maroon the original colour. Comments welcome. Villiers F engine.
Russell Johnson Posted on 08 Nov 2011 2:40 PM
I have a fully restored 1947 Malvern Star Autobike as well as couple of New Hudsons waiting to be restored. I'll get to them after I have finished current project of 1965 BSA A65 Thunderbolt of which I have two. I spent 1000 hours polishing the 98cc Villiers Junior Delux motor. Contact by email and I'll send a photo. Won best recent restoration first time out.
Graham McLean Posted on 15 Jan 2012 1:10 PM
A mate of mine has about 8 of these bikes and many spares and he is restoring them one by one, and are looking for more of them.
Does anyone know where we could source any wheels for these bikes?
Bradley Lowe Posted on 21 Feb 2012 11:18 AM
I am restoring a 1943?? Malvern star autocycle, Ive just read some of the posts on the forum and was wondering how to reply to them?
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Feb 2012 11:29 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Bradley, as per our conditions of use we don't allow publication of people's details online nor facilitate commercial transactions. If you have a general question you will need to post it here and people can respond. Otherwise there are a number of online forums where you can ask questions.
David Rees Posted on 05 Aug 2012 1:18 AM
I have what I believe is a 47 Malvern Star Autocycle I am looking for an original rear guard
Also some good clear photo's of the same around this year and later
rex davey Posted on 17 Aug 2012 2:45 PM
I am looking for a fuel tank and a fly wheel coil for a 1948 malvern star auto cycle would love to here from anyone who can help I am in tasmania
pat tierney Posted on 25 Aug 2012 9:25 PM
i have a what i think is a 1947 malvern star autocycle i am after rear gard and carry rack would like any info on original colours also after foto's and a handbook i am at cambelltown nsw
Neil Doyle Posted on 26 Sep 2012 12:51 PM
I have just finish restoring a c1943 Malvern Star Auto Byke & would like to know if there is any shows i could enter it into or speak with anyone about parts & so forth.Thanks Neil
Bill Cardwell Posted on 07 Feb 2013 11:21 PM
I am about halfway into restoring what I believe to be a 1947 Malvern Star autocycle and would love anyone who could sell me a fuel tank to contact me. Thanks Bill.
Bill Cardwell Posted on 08 Feb 2013 1:42 PM
Frank Shine can you help me in any way to find and hopefully purchase a fuel tank to suit a Malvern Star auto cycle 1947 model.I am in Broken Hill. Thanks Bill.
gary wallage Posted on 25 Feb 2013 11:37 AM
i have what i believe to be a malvernstar circ late40's autocycle that my father had bought back in1978 and has been in my garage since has had some parts restord am looking to sell
Bill Cardwell Posted on 03 Mar 2013 8:59 AM
Hello Gary Wallage,I am interested would like to make contact I am in Broken Hill so not sure how we do it, any suggestions ?
Graham McLean Posted on 12 Mar 2013 2:50 PM
My mate and I have sourced another 2 very original Malvern Star auto cycles and wonder if anyone has any way of dating them and if there is a register of them in Australia.
Graham McLean Posted on 26 Jul 2013 3:17 PM
Hi all,
Does anyone know what happened to all of the remaining spare parts when these bikes went out of production?
There must be a treasure trove of parts stored somewhere waiting to be re discovered.
Liz Posted on 21 Dec 2013 12:17 PM
Hi Frank, really interested in contacting u about the Malvern Star Auto Bike.

Liz :)
John Barwell Posted on 29 Dec 2013 5:39 PM
My 70+ year friend was restoring his autocycle when the 2011 and 2012 floods inundated his property at Laidley Qld, his fuel tank was lost forever (along with a huge amount of treasures) Can anyone help with a tank please? Even a rusty one he may be able to restore as he is handy with his hands.
Thankyou John Barwell
Tim Stammers Posted on 11 Jan 2014 12:01 PM
Hi I am restoring a 1949 Malvern Star autocycle. Does anyone know where I can get parts? Such as rear wheel rim, bottom crank, guards & villiers headlamp? Thanks
Daryl Suter Posted on 26 Mar 2014 9:12 AM
Hi, have a couple of Malvern star auto cycles and was hoping to find some good photos and picture to help me put them back together as have bits every where (that's how I got them). If some one could help that would be great I'm in Geelong. Daryl
Graham McLean Posted on 27 Mar 2014 6:26 PM
Hi Daryl,
How can I make contact with you as my mate and I have restored several of them and have a couple of completely original ones.
I am in Melbourne, Graham.
Tim Stammers Posted on 28 Mar 2014 2:21 PM
Hi Graham,
could you send me any info on these, or direct
me where I might find info.I am restoring my father's autocycle which isnt quite complete
the frame number is 9M 11096, it would be
good to see an original one my email is
Any help would be greatly appreciated
I am in Forbes NSW
Thanks Tim Stammers
alan duke Posted on 12 Oct 2014 10:16 AM
hello all
i am looking for fuel tank photos for a1946 byke please email is aawormfarm@me.com based in vic
Carl Posted on 01 Jan 2015 10:57 PM
I am looking for a villiers motor as the one have is not complete if any one can help
Jeff Wallis Posted on 12 Jan 2015 11:27 PM
I am having trouble getting my Norman Model C (almost certainly sold here as Malvern Star) engine to start - any suggestions out there? Also need a new - or good - free wheeling hub for the autocycle. Any help very much appreciated.
Graham McLean Posted on 21 Jan 2015 6:22 PM
Hi Jeff,

Start with compression, clean fuel system and ensure you have a spark. Free wheeling sprockets available online.
What is your email address as my mate and I have a collection of these bikes.
Does it have a Villiers JDL engine?
Ken Jackson Posted on 25 Feb 2015 1:23 PM
Hi does any one know where you can buy tyre's for these bikes 21"x 2.45

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